After miserable production in 2016, American burley tobacco producers had good prospects through mid-season of 2017 for producing a crop that could restore inventories and allow growers to realize a profit.
Despite a rare mid-April freeze, tobacco planting got going in earnest in much of the Tobacco Belt later that month.
Production estimate suggest it would not be the sharply reduced crop that had been expected by many.
Some of the loss in production was due to a decline in plantings last spring. But the main explanation for the dismal performance was very low yields for the two leading types — burley and flue-cured &mdash...